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Class of 2020 senior disappointed, but is maintaining perspective and positivity

Josie Carmien, a senior at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, picked up her cap and gown by driving through the back parking lot at the school on April 20, but doesn't know if or when she'll get to wear it for a graduation walk. She and her classmates will have "a very unique story to tell for the rest of our lives," Josie told The Catholic Post. (Provided photo)

PHILO — If everything had gone according to plan, Josie Carmien would be putting on a red ball gown Saturday night and joining her friends at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign for her senior prom. It was a color she saved for this particular dance. The coronavirus had other plans, however. […]

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Priests of diocese share Easter joy with absent faithful via livestreamed Masses

Flowers surround the altar as Father Bowan Schmitt, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Danville, celebrates a recently livestreamed Mass.

It is only natural that some sadness and fear would be mixed with Easter joy this year, as COVID-19 restrictions kept people from gathering inside their churches and celebrating with family, but joy must have the greater claim according to homilies given by priests around the Diocese of Peoria this year. After all, Jesus’ first […]

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East Peoria Franciscans are beginning a new chapter in their vocations ministry

The new vocations team of Sister Teresa Paul Selamat, OSF, and Sister Rose Therese Mann, OSF, stand at the entrance to the East Peoria motherhouse of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and the new sign for Mount Alverno Novitiate. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EAST PEORIA — In religious formation, there is a delicate balance between giving people enough space to pray and discern what God is calling them to and offering enough community to provide example and support. To provide that balance, The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis have moved their formation program from Peoria […]

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Holy Hours for Vocations move online to keep needed and fruitful prayers coming

Father Timothy Hepner, vocation director of recruitment for the Diocese of Peoria, livestreams a Holy Hour for Vocations on the Facebook page of the Office of Priestly Vocations on April 14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

At some point the COVID-19 pandemic will end, but the need for holy priests and consecrated women and men won’t. That’s why prayers for vocations must continue, according to Father Timothy Hepner, vocation director of recruitment for the Diocese of Peoria. Until people are able to gather in churches again, the Office of Priestly Formation […]

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PDCCW holds prayer service via phone, cancels Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is surrounded by the volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women last April. This year's Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon has been canceled because of coronavirus restrictions. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Prayer knows no social distancing and on Palm Sunday the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invited people to join them across the miles — and phone lines — to seek God’s aid in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. The prayer service, conducted by conference call, was the first of its kind for the PDCCW. “I […]

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Catholic schools in Illinois seek share of CARES Act educational relief funding

In a letter noting how Catholic schools in Illinois have been impacted after closing March 14 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the school superintendents of the six Catholic dioceses in the state have asked that Gov. JB Pritzker remember nonpublic schools when emergency funding is being distributed. Dated April 2 and sent electronically by […]

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Catholic schools report that remote learning, while not ideal, is working

The kitchen counter makes a fine work space for Cooper Behrends, a fourth-grader at St. Joseph School in Pekin. The flexibility of remote learning, which can be done during the day or at night, makes it easer for some families with more students than devices to keep everyone moving forward. (Provided photo)

It may not be what anyone would have chosen, but remote learning is working for Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria. Not only are teachers, principals and parents working together to move the curriculum forward, but they’re also paying special attention to the spiritual, emotional and social needs of the young people in their […]

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Diocese’s priests offer messages of hope, encouragement: ‘We’re one in Christ Jesus’

The priests of the Diocese of Peoria renew the promises they made at ordination during the 2019 Chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The diocese's priests are offering words of hope and encouragement to their flocks as we approach Easter. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While it’s true that the Body of Christ will not be able to come together to celebrate Easter, the members of that body are still united. That’s a cause for joy, according to priests around the Diocese of Peoria, who encouraged people to have hope as they ride out the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve got to […]

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Hundreds turn out in Normal to receive a blessing and Holy Week Survival Kit

Msgr. Eric Powell sprinkles holy water on one of the hundreds of cars filled with parishioners from Epiphany Parish in Normal that drove by to receive a blessing and Holy Week Survival Kit on Palm Sunday. They lined College Avenue to wait for an opportunity to turn into the entrance to the church parking lot. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — For four precious hours on Palm Sunday, priests and parishioners at Epiphany Catholic Church were able to share smiles and greetings as between 800 and 900 cars drove through the parking lot to pick up Holy Week Survival Kits. Due to the cancellation of public Masses, it was the first time they had […]

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Galesburg woman’s effort to connect hearts embraced around world

Designed as a "social distance scavenger hunt," Heart Hunters has turned into a way for people to come together by sharing love and kindness, according to founder Krista Wynes of Galesburg. This is one of the photos shared by the group's 600,000 Facebook followers. (Provided photo)

GALESBURG — As precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 caused people to shelter in place, Krista Wynes offered them a way to connect by sharing their hearts. They responded to her call for a “social distance scavenger hunt” by placing hearts on windows and doors, making her new Heart Hunters Facebook group a […]

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